Aeschbachquartier Aarau [CH]

'Aeschbachquartier' Aarau, a mixed-used urban working and living area, will arise next to the station of Aarau, a city half an hour from Zurich. The new city quarter will form a link between the large grain and more dense new urban developments and former industrial areas around the station, and the small grain residential areas imbedded in green and park-like surroundings. The former industrial site next to the rail tracks and the new planned stadium will be transformed into an dense colourful city quarter providing three different character areas: urban, industrial and garden village. With a great diversity of different working and living typologies and a wide range of different commercial programmes on ground level it will satisfy the demands of both urban and suburban lifestyles in a garden-setting.

The different character areas are organized around the central park. An urban inner boulevard will connect the eastern entrancewith the green heart, led along a variety of gastronomic and commercial programmes and the pulsing heart of the Aeschbachhalle. From all directions the central Aeschbachhalle is visible and accessible. Several different types of residential developments can be envisioned.

Client Mobimo AG, Küsnacht
Program 5 ha master plan for a former industrial area with a mixed-use program of living, office and commerce; ca. 50.000 m2
Time 2011 - present
Role Urban design, supervisior, architect
Participating parties Studio Vulkan (landscape), Raumanzug (sustainability), Bosshardt&Partner (cost advisors), Schneider & Schneider Architeken and Gmür & Geschwentner (architecture)
Awards Competition 1st prize